Monday, 23 April 2018 22:25

An Abundance of Birds at Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center

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To paraphrase a classic movie, “The woodlands are alive with sound of music,” ̶ bird songs of course, and the music is enchanting!

Spring skies and water are echoing with noise and activity as migrating songbirds, ducks, geese, and other waterfowl are returning to the woodlands, fields, and ponds to court and raise their young where they were raised. Over the next few weeks, the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center will present several programs about the birds that use the Center as their breeding grounds.

For those who missed the Meet the Web Feet program in April, the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center will offer it again on Sunday, May 6th at 2 PM. Participants will enjoy a walk to the beaver pond with naturalist Pat Carney, to look and listen for returning waterfowl following an indoor slide presentation on ducks and other water-bird residents of the Center’s pond and brook. Perhaps they will see goslings with attentive parents, a merganser hen with ducklings, or hear Pied-billed grebes calling. Binoculars are recommended. A limited number are available to borrow.

On Thursday, May 17th at 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to a Bird Song Saunter, an evening concert along the Center's woodland trails. Attendees will wander the trails and brook side, led by naturalist Pat Carney and Faith Baker of the Onondaga Audubon Society, seeking and listening to feathered friends engaged in courtship, nesting, and defending territory. Participants may see a Pine Warbler, a Wood Thrush, or Cedar Waxwings near the beaver pond. Binoculars are recommended; a limited number are available to borrow.

Both of these programs are designed for people of all ages. Each program is just $4.00 per person or $12.00 per family, paid on the day of the program, and children under 3 are free. The Amboy 4-H Environmental Educational Center is located at 748 Route 183, between Routes 13 and 69 near Williamstown. For more information about the facility and its programming, call the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Office Monday through Friday at 315-963-7286, ext. 400. To find out about programming at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center before it hits the newspaper, find us on Facebook at Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities, and provides equal program and employment opportunities. Contact the office if you have any special needs.

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